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Passchendaele (2008)

The lives of a troubled veteran, his nurse girlfriend and a naive boy intersect first in Alberta and then in Belgium during the bloody World War I battle of Passchendaele.

Director:

Paul Gross

Writer:

Paul Gross
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Gross ... Michael Dunne
Michael Greyeyes ... Highway
James Kot ... Skinner
Jesse Frechette Jesse Frechette ... Peters
Rainer Kahl Rainer Kahl ... German Gunner
Landon Liboiron ... German Soldier
Caroline Dhavernas ... Sarah Mann
Patricia Benedict Patricia Benedict ... Nursing Matron
Hugh Probyn Hugh Probyn ... Carmichael
Jim Mezon Jim Mezon ... Dobson-Hughes
Brian Dooley Brian Dooley ... McKinnon
Joe Dinicol ... David Mann
Meredith Bailey Meredith Bailey ... Cassie Walker
Robert Nogier ... Harper
Francis Damberger Francis Damberger ... Mayor Costello
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Storyline

Sergeant Michael Dunne fights in the 10th Battalion, AKA The "Fighting Tenth" with the 1st Canadian Division and participated in all major Canadian battles of the war, and set the record for highest number of individual bravery awards for a single battle. Written by Mark Cameron

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

in love, there is only one rule... don't die.

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of realistic graphic war violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

17 October 2008 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

La bataille de Passchendaele See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

CAD 847,522 (Canada), 19 October 2008
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When filming the Battle of Passchendaele, Paul Gross was very meticulous about maintaining historical accuracy. He would keep various photos of the real battlefield and compare them with how the set looked. See more »

Goofs

The position of the German's bayonet over Dunne's chest during the scuffle. See more »

Quotes

Michael Dunne: Do you think maybe I could accompany you to a dance, or...?
Sarah Mann: I don't dance with soldiers.
Michael Dunne: I could lose the uniform.
Sarah Mann: I don't dance with naked soldiers.
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Crazy Credits

The Alliance logo at the beginning is shown over a cloudy and rainy sky, with noises of explosions and rifle gunshots in the background. See more »

Soundtracks

After The War
Performed by Sarah Slean
Written by Paul Gross and David Keeley
Courtesy of Debmeister Music Publishing
Produced by Asher Lenz and Jack Lenz
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Good until the massive Biblical Allusion
27 October 2008 | by TiedyedaisySee all my reviews

I recently took a large group of students (150) to go see this movie. While it was extremely well done, in terms of historical accuracy. I found the movie spent a little too much time in Calgary developing the story. This was actively promoted as a Canadian WWI movie - however, I felt there wasn't enough time spent focusing on the actual war.

I did enjoy this movie and appreciate what Paul Gross has attempted to do. Canada's role in the world wars tends to be overshadowed and definitely deserves to be put into the light.

My biggest problem with the film is the end. All the realism that had been built up was completely dashed away with the extremely overpowering Biblical allusion - I am Christian and I found it WAY to much to stomach. As I stated it completely took away from any realism the film had going (which was a lot).

All and all educating people on Canadian's role in WWI is very much appreciated. Next time, leave religion out of it.


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